TORONTO, Canada, July 20, 2015 – Puerto Rico outclassed Peru in
straight sets 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-23) to grab third place in
Pool B at the women’s volleyball tournament of the Pan American
Games at Toronto Exhibition Center on Monday.
The Puerto Ricans executed 7 aces from the service line against
only 2 by the Peruvians while both teams scored with 8 blocks.
The losers made 26 unforced errors, ten more than the winners.
Karina Ocasio and Stefanie Enright were the two Puerto Ricans
with double figures in the charts with 14 and 10 points,
respectively. Lynda Morales and Sheila Ocasio contributed 9 and
8 points in the victory.
Angela Leyva had 14 points for Peru, followed by Maguilaura
Frias with 8 tallies. Ginna Lopez and Clarivett Yllescas each
had 6 points in the losing cause.
José Mieles, Coach of Puerto Rico: “I am glad and thank God for
the chance of being here. I’m proud of the girls because they
qualified to the quarterfinals. The most important thing is that
after playing our worst match against USA we could recover and
today we showed a better performance, like the ones we had at
the Grand Prix and have to focus in our next match that will be
Sheila Ocasio, Player of Puerto Rico: “We lowered the guard a
little bit in the third set. We were not as aggressive as the
first two and that gave them some confidence, but we could close
that set. We lost our two previous matches, but that doesn’t
mean that we are not a quality team. Those were very tight
matches and now we are in the next round”.
Mauro Marasciulo, Coach of Peru: “We committed a sin, because we
missed a defensive play and also failed with one serve, so we
lost the advantage that could be so important to close a set.
However I feel some satisfaction because we have gained exposure
against teams that have won against our direct rivals (in the
South American region) and I feel we are not so far away from
them. Puerto Rico (played Argentina at Grand Prix and Pan Am
Cup) showed that is in great shape and that is important in our
goals to improve our level”.
Angela Leyva, Captain of Peru: “This is part of a development
process. We are still putting things together as a team. We
began very well at the last set with a lot of motivation, we
fell down but tried to wake up and react. We have to keep on
working hard, training and participating in more tournaments
like this to grow up.”